Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit
One of the foremost trends in the food industry is a movement toward sustainability, sustainable operations, and greater transparency. Executives today realize that how they respond to the requirements of sustainability will affect competitive advantage (or lack of it) and viability to compete in markets of the future. However, there is often a lack direction, vision, and plan. Consumer awareness of sustainability has many companies struggling to adapt business practices even as they serve the needs of multiple stakeholders and attampt to address environmental concerns. The good news is that sustainable programs can reduce costs -- even dramatically -- which makes them integral in formulating competitive strategy going forward into the future.
The Food Quality Alliance is directly addressing these issues with the development of programs and services that strategically tackle the challenges of implementing sustainability-oriented initiatives within organizations. Currently, programs in Sustainability Services and Programs are in development. Please be sure to check back on this page for updates.
ProTerra – ProTerra is a sustainability standard and certification that is applicable to three levels within the food supply chain: agricultural production, handling-transport-storage, and processing-manufacturing. The ProTerra seal communicates to end-consumers sustainable agricultural production practices, and is available for certified value-chains both as a non-GMO option and for sustainable production only.